'Fawlty' faux pas as Mary-Lou's Manolos fail to damage Gilmore
Published 03/06/2011 | 05:00
IT was almost like old times in Leinster House yesterday, with another howler in the Order of Business involving the Tanaiste.
However, the gaffe-prone Calamity Coughlan wasn't back in the Dail.
This time it was Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore, and he was on the receiving end of a bungled attempt to put the boot into him.
Mary-Lou McDonald rose to sink her carefully prepared verbal stiletto into the Tanaiste over the headless-chicken carry-on about household charges.
"Tanaiste, watching the antics of your Government in recent times reminds me a bit of 'Fawlty Towers'," she declared.
"The latest water charges episode has you and the Taoiseach cast as Manolos, claiming that you know nothing."
A brief puzzled silence descended on the chamber. That didn't sound right.
The fashion-conscious among the deputies were the first to rumble that the Sinn Fein Sybil had just called the Taoiseach and the Tanaiste a pair of designer high heels -- instead of dubbing them hapless waiters from Barcelona.
Then the delighted deputies scrambled to correct Mary-Lou Malaprop.
"Manuel!" they crowed happily. "Manolos are shoes," called out Arthur Spring, displaying an impressive knowledge of high heels.
Mary Lou was sporting a Blahnik, sorry, blank expression until she spotted her blunder.
"Or even Manuels," she added sheepishly. But there was no way back for the Sinn Fein Sybil after that 'Fawlty' faux pas.